Hyphantrophaga gilberthampiei Fleming & Wood

Fleming, AJ, Wood, D. Monty, Smith, M. Alex, Dapkey, Tanya, Hallwachs, Winnie & Janzen, Daniel, 2019, Twenty-two new species in the genus Hyphantrophaga Townsend (Diptera: Tachinidae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, with a key to the species of Mesoamerica, Biodiversity Data Journal 7, pp. 29553-29553 : 29553

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Hyphantrophaga gilberthampiei Fleming & Wood

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Hyphantrophaga gilberthampiei Fleming & Wood   ZBK sp. n.


Type status: Holotype. Occurrence: occurrenceDetails: http://janzen.sas.upenn.edu; catalogNumber: DHJPAR0059246 ; recordedBy: D.H. Janzen, W. Hallwachs & Manuel Rios; individualID: DHJPAR0059246; individualCount: 1; sex: female; lifeStage: adult; preparations: pinned; otherCatalogNumbers: ACGBA5663-16, 16-SRNP-30146, BOLD:ADE0400; Taxon: scientificName: Hyphantrophagagilberthampiei; phylum: Arthropoda; class: Insecta; order: Diptera; family: Tachinidae; genus: Hyphantrophaga; specificEpithet: gilberthampiei; scientificNameAuthorship: Fleming & Wood, 2017; Location: continent: Central America; country: Costa Rica; countryCode: CR; stateProvince: Guanacaste; county: Sector Pitilla; locality: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ; verbatimLocality: Sendero Orosilito; verbatimElevation: 900; verbatimLatitude: 10.98332; verbatimLongitude: -85.43623; verbatimCoordinateSystem: Decimal; decimalLatitude: 10.98332; decimalLongitude: -85.43623; Identification: identifiedBy: AJ Fleming; dateIdentified: 2017; Event: samplingProtocol: Reared from the larva of the Hesperiidae, Cyneamegalops; verbatimEventDate: 10-Mar-2016; Record Level: language: en; institutionCode: CNC; collectionCode: Insects; basisOfRecord: Pinned Specimen GoogleMaps


Male. Not known at this time.

Female (Fig. 15). Length: 8-11 mm. Head (Fig. 15b): vertex 1/4 of head width; two reclinate upper orbital setae and two pairs of proclinate orbital setae; ocellar setae arising beside anterior ocellus; ocellar triangle gold; fronto-orbital plate gold throughout, sparse short setulae interspersed amongst frontal setae; parafacial shiny silver and bare; facial ridge bare; eye with short sparse ommatrichia up to 2X as long as one ommatidium; pedicel black, concolorous with postpedicel; arista brown, very minutely pubescent, distinctly thickened on basal 1/3-1/4; palpus orange, sparsely haired and oar-shaped. Thorax (Fig. 15a, c): brilliant gold tomentose dorsally, contrasting with silver grey laterally; with black setulae along both dorsal and lateral surfaces; thoracic vittae fused into two prominent stripes spanning entire thorax, unbroken along suture; postpronotum with five setae arranged in a triangle; chaetotaxy: acrostichal setae 3:3; dorsocentral setae 3:4; intra-alar setae 2:3; supra-alar setae 2:3; two katepisternal setae; basal scutellar setae 1/2 as long as subapical scutellar setae and slightly curving inwards medially; lateral scutellar setae subequal to basal scutellar setae; apical scutellar setae 1/3 length of subapical setae and straight; one pair of discal scutellar setae; scutellum concolorous with scutum, black over 50% of its surface with gold tomentum only along outer margin. Legs (Fig. 15c): black in ground colour; fore femur with dense silver tomentum on posterodorsal surface; hind coxa bare. Wing (Fig. 15a): pale translucent, hyaline, not distinctly infuscate; vein R4+5 with only 2-3 setulae at base. Abdomen (Fig. 15a, c): ground colour black; middorsal depression on ST1+2 reaching hind margin; median marginal setae present on T3; a complete row of marginal setae present on T4; discal setae only on T5; light silver tomentose bands along anterior edge extending over 20% of T3 and T4, broken medially by a dorsocentral stripe; T5 with silver tomentum covering anterior half. Terminalia: not examined.


Hyphantrophaga gilberthampiei sp. n. can be distinguished from all other Hyphantrophaga species by the following combination of traits: legs entirely black; dorsum of thorax gold tomentose with four dorsal vittae fused into two prominent dark lines extending across thoracic suture; scutellum black over 50% of its surface, with gold tomentum only along margin; ground colour of abdomen black, T4 with a light dusting of silver tomentum covering approximately 20% of dorsal surface of tergite; whole abdomen with a velvet black texture and colour.


Hyphantrophaga gilberthampiei sp. n. is named in recognition of Gilberth Ampie Cruz's dedication and work in finding and rearing the ACG caterpillars that contained tachinid larvae.


Costa Rica, ACG, Guanacaste Province, 900 m elevation.


Hyphantrophaga gilberthampiei sp. n. has been reared once from one species of Lepidoptera in the family Hesperiidae , Cynea megalops (Godman, 1900), in dry forest.